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Instant Reaction: Seahawks improve to 3-1 with win over Arizona

Sep 29, 2019, 4:34 PM | Updated: 5:26 pm
Seahawks RB Chris Carson...
Seahawks running back Chris Carson had his first 100-yard game of the season. (Getty)
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The Seahawks looked pretty good in their Week 4 matchup, taking care of the Arizona Cardinals 27-10 on the road Sunday.

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As we do after every Seahawks game, we have collected the instant reactions of the voices from 710 ESPN Seattle on this latest win.

Jim Moore of Bob, Dave and Moore

A week after fumbling for the third time in three games, Chris Carson was the difference in the Seahawks’ victory over the Cardinals. A lesser back would not have rushed for anywhere close to 100 yards, but Carson did, bulldozing would-be tacklers all game long. Showing the explosiveness we saw last season, Carson also did it with four receptions, twice running over Arizona defensive back Kevin Peterson. This was a great sign for a team that had the top running game in the NFL last year but was 15th entering Sunday’s game.

As expected, Will Dissly also had a career day with seven receptions for 57 yards and his sixth touchdown in eight career games. I say “as expected” because the Cardinals’ defense had been especially vulnerable to tight ends in their previous games, and Dissly kept the trend alive. Luke Willson also had two receptions in his first game back with the Seahawks.

The Cardinals moved up and down the field at times, but they were never really in the game, stopped by a Seattle defense that got two sacks from Mychal Kendricks and a spectacular left-handed interception that Jadeveon Clowney turned into a pick-six. Also nice to see Rasheem Green with a sack and first-round pick L.J. Collier with a shoestring tackle of David Johnson, making his first impact of the season.

It sets up a showdown of sorts with the Rams Thursday night at CenturyLink Field, both teams entering the game at 3-1 after the Rams suffered a surprising loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. The winner won’t even be able to claim first place in the NFC West. The current leader is San Francisco at 3-0. The 49ers had a bye this week and will host the Browns on Monday Night Football next week.

On the one hand, you could look at the Seahawks one-quarter through the 2019 season and rightfully say they’re on a pace to go 12-4. On the other hand, you could also say they might be 3-1 but have only beaten three winless teams – Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Arizona. We’ll find out more about this team Thursday night.

Bob Stelton of Bob, Dave and Moore

People were calling this a “get-right game” earlier in the week. Based on the history of odd moments that have taken place in this building for the Seahawks, hearing “get-right game” made me nervous – but it turns out they were right. This was a game on paper that the Seahawks should dominate and, for the most part, they did.

Chris Carson ran like he had something to prove – and he did. He ran violent and with a purpose. He also looked to have made a slight adjustment in the way he was carrying the ball. Not only was he impactful, he held onto the ball.

Shaquill Griffin played his best game of the season in my opinion. I think he’s played well most of the season but he stood out by breaking up passes and with some nice tackling.

Another solid day from Russell Wilson – 22 for 28, 240 yards and a TD. Will Dissly continues to show he’s become a go to guy for Wilson with seven catches on eight targets, including another TD.

It will be easy to qualify this win because the Cardinals are just not a good team right now. But as we’ve seen in the past, that hasn’t mattered. The Hawks always seemed to have their hands full with Arizona but they handled their business with no drama involved.

Paul Gallant of Danny and Gallant

Last week against the Saints, Chris Carson’s job looked like it might be in jeopardy. He was running on ice, slipping, sliding, and face-planting all over the place. He failed to push the pile in a couple of key short-yardage situations. And worst of all, he fumbled the ball.

I don’t know if Tim McGraw gave him the Big Daddy Billingsley duct tape treatment over the past week, but Carson definitely earned today’s game ball. He was powerful, trampling the Cardinals the way I think about running over people who slowly meander through grocery stores. He had 26 touches for 145 combined yards on the game and was instrumental on the Hawks’ close-out drive.

Meanwhile, I’m still giddy over Jadeveon Clowney’s pick 6. That interception reminded me of what someone like Dikembe Mutombo could do in the old NBA Street video game: something that looks completely impossible. Poor little Kyler Murray. Clowney wasn’t able to consistently make plays like that in Houston, but he ALWAYS has the potential to wow you.

The Cardinals aren’t on the Seahawks’ level. And even if they were playing at home, the only acceptable outcome today was a decisive Seahawks W. We got that today.

Tom Wassell of Tom, Jake and Stacy

If only it could go like this every week. Chris Carson is a bull and Pete Carroll loves it that way. The offensive line opened up HUGE holes for Carson at times, and when they didn’t he created them himself. Watching him barrel over multiple defenders at a time made my bones hurt, but it sure was fun to watch.

I think Kyler Murray is going to be a great player in this league. He’s shown he can create things on the field the way a stationary QB can’t, but right now his inexperience and lack of talent/protection around him isn’t going to translate to wins. The Cardinals were out-manned in every single matchup, maybe with the exception of their passing game vs. the Seahawks’ secondary. There were some big plays that Arizona running David Johnson made early, but penalties and good linebacker and D-line play prevented them from turning into anything.

How about Rasheem Green chasing down Murray in the open backfield for a huge loss? I’ll look forward to seeing more of that. And of course the big pick-six from Clowney that Arizona never recovered from – what a play.

This is going to be one of those weeks (a short one) where we heap a lot of praise on this team, and that’s OK. Most wins aren’t this dominant. Congrats to Jaron Brown for finally being involved in the passing game. Will Dissly is asserting himself into conversation for the best pass-catching TE in the league, and it’s well-deserved after coming back from such a serious injury. On, we go.

Jake Heaps of Tom, Jake and Stacy

The Seahawks leave the desert with a victory, no serious injuries and drama-free. This was a great win for the Hawks to get themselves back on track after the tough loss last week at home versus the Saints. Not only were they able to get the win, they are able to have positive momentum as the Seahawks have a quick turn around to play the Los Angeles Rams at home on Thursday night.

The offense was able to control the game the majority of the day with excellent play from Russell Wilson. He made some flashy plays but what he did best was making the smart plays to limit negative ones – not to mention the fact this is Wilson’s fourth game in a row with a passer rating over 100.

Running back Chris Carson got his groove back against the Cardinals, tallying an explosive performance of 145 yards total yards with 104 of those coming on the ground. Like I said before this game, if the Seahawks are going to have a successful season they are going to need Chris Carson on the field making plays.

Will Dissly needs to be talked about as not just the Seahawks’ top tight end but one of the best in the NFL. Dissly is consistent, physical, tough and has all the trust of Russell Wilson at this point.

The defense did an excellent job limiting the big plays for Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. Jadeveon Clowney had am unreal one-handed pick-six late in the first quarter to put the Seahawks up 10-0 and in the driver’s seat from that point on. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks and defensive end Rasheem Green were also able to come up with big sacks in pivotal moments to shut down drives for the Cardinals’ offense.

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